January 15, 2013 2:02 PM | By Kim Hughes
10 Reasons The Tragically Hip Rock

We salute The Tragically Hip

The Tragically Hip (© Universal Music Canada)
  • The Tragically Hip (© Universal Music Canada)
  • They put Bobcaygeon on the map (© Bing)
  • The Killer Whale Tank (© MCA)
  • Canadian references abound (© Tom Thomson)
  • Set Lists (© Gene Schilling, The Canadian Press)
  • Fully Completely (© MCA)
  • Trouble at the Henhouse (© MCA)
  • “The Darkest One” video
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If there’s a band more quintessentially Canadian than Kingston’s the Tragically Hip, we’d like to know about them. For the better part of three decades (!), the quintet of vocalist Gordon Downie, guitarists Paul Langlois and Rob Baker, bassist Gord Sinclair and drummer Johnny Fay have waved the nation’s rock and roll flag, producing album after album of angular, offbeat, consistently excellent songs at once shaped by their homeland yet universal in theme.

Granted, they’d be a lot less interesting were it not for oddball singer Downie and his bottomless supply of oh-so-watchable tics, twitches and nutty non-sequiturs reliably dispatched from the stage. Still, the Hip is the sum of its parts, and a national treasure besides. As the band prepares a coast-to-coast tour in support of their Now for Plan A disc, we salute them, stubbies in hand and toques jauntily pushed to the side.

Jan 17, 2013 9:19AM
Picture # 10 in this series is wrong.  It reads "Tragically Hip Way".  However, the bands name is THE TRAGICALLY HIP.  The City of Kingston realized the error just before the sign was erected, but with all the news crews and excited fans waiting to celebrate with the band, the sign was put up and the picture was taken.  The sign was replaced with the correct spelling within a week. 
Jan 19, 2013 12:37PM
humpback?  seriously?  killer whale tank.  any hip fan knows that. 
Jan 19, 2013 12:05PM
I loved the hip back in the day but now every song from the new stuff sounds the same and I wish Gordon Downie would stop mumbling because I can't understand a damn word he is singing. Really clear your throat or something.Still love the killer whale tank.
Jan 19, 2013 8:59AM
I was in Bobcaygeon with my daughter, what an amazing concert!!! Long Live The Hip!!!
Jan 19, 2013 11:20AM

I have seen the Hip seven times and among over 300 concerts I have attended (and 100+ I have played) the Road Apples and Fully Completely shows are in my top 20. My old, mostly original band "reduced"  covering the Hip after Monday magazine described us as a "Hip tribute band", what more can I say!


Jan 19, 2013 9:11AM

True fact:

Prior to hitting it big, Gord was kicked out of a bar in Kingston for wearing boots.

Jan 19, 2013 8:59AM
I was in Bobcaygeon with my daughter, what an amazing concert!!! Long Live The Hip!!!
Jan 19, 2013 11:06AM
The main reason the Hip doesn't rock is that Gord Downie sounds like a constipated goat when he sings. We can thank the Can-Con law for being responsible for the Hip and Nickelback.
Jan 19, 2013 8:29AM
And I can think of 1000 ways that they DONT rock. I agree with Bryan Adams when he said they arent that good. And before anyone freaks out on me I have seen The Hip in concert 3 times and have been extremely disappointed each time. Even having a friend of mine apologize for buying me a ticket and saying I dont have to pay him for it. Go see 5440 people. They are the most under-rated band in the country.
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